Allergy and Mast Cell, Creative Writing, My Story

Piecing it together

Well, this has certainly been a strange year for me and weird medical problems (may I remind you of my one week of temporary paralysis, following a chiropractor visit back in May). It turns out that, apparently, my last post announcing that I'd been diagnosed with mast cell activation syndrome may have been a bit… Continue reading Piecing it together

Chronic Pain, Creative Writing, Inspiration, My Story, Sacroiliac Joint

The thing I was most embarrassed to write about

Technically, I suppose it's bad form to brag about how much traffic you've been getting on your blog. However, I feel like it's a little different when a positive message comes with the bragging, so I wanted to share some of my updates with you all. I've come so far from where I was when… Continue reading The thing I was most embarrassed to write about

Creative Writing, eating disorders, Inspiration, My Story

Things I’m grateful for: people who are brave enough to tell the stories I’m not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8S8XcPt6Bo I've just discovered Rachael Steil's sharing of her story as an elite college runner with an eating disorder. And I've really been blown away, both by her bravery in telling her story, as well as her clear and honest explanations of what she and other people with ED's go through. I still haven't shared… Continue reading Things I’m grateful for: people who are brave enough to tell the stories I’m not

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Creative Writing, Healthcare, My Story, Nervous System, Pain Neurophysiology Education, Pain Science, Treatment Approaches

The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

Okay, so here’s the story of the time I thought I’d found the right person to help me, which of course, made it all the more disappointing when it didn’t turn out to be the case. In telling my story, I’m choosing to gloss over every little ache and pain I had; every time I… Continue reading The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Creative Writing, My Story

How I developed central sensitization: Part 3

Okay, I still can't believe I'm writing about this part of my story publicly.  But it seems like I've reached the point in my life where my need to say something is beginning to outweigh my fear.  So here we go: *** I was 21. I'd finally had leg surgery, which had successfully cured my… Continue reading How I developed central sensitization: Part 3